Genji equipment (げんじ, Genji?), also known as samurai equipment, is a recurring set of heavy armor that appears in almost all Final Fantasy games. Genji equipment is always either the best or one of the best sets of equipment, available in limited supplies. It is usually obtained (or stolen) from the recurring boss Gilgamesh. It is described as armor from a faraway land, and consists of a shield, helm, gloves and armor. The sword of the set, Genji Blade or Genji Katana, also appears on occasion, but not as often as the rest of the set.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy
- 1.2 Final Fantasy II
- 1.3 Final Fantasy III
- 1.4 Final Fantasy IV
- 1.5 Final Fantasy V
- 1.6 Final Fantasy VI
- 1.7 Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-
- 1.8 Final Fantasy IX
- 1.9 Final Fantasy X
- 1.10 Final Fantasy XI
- 1.11 Final Fantasy XII
- 1.12 Final Fantasy XIII
- 1.13 Final Fantasy XIV
- 1.14 Final Fantasy XV
- 1.15 Final Fantasy Tactics
- 1.16 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- 1.17 Final Fantasy Adventure
- 1.18 Final Fantasy Legend II
- 1.19 Final Fantasy Legend III
- 1.20 Final Fantasy Type-0
- 1.21 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
- 1.22 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
- 1.23 Final Fantasy Dimensions
- 1.24 Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
- 1.25 Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- 1.26 Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade
- 1.27 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 1.28 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 1.29 Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon
- 1.30 Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon
- 2 Non-Final Fantasy appearances
- 3 Gallery
- 4 Etymology
- 5 References
Genji equipment can be obtained in the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary remakes. They are found in the bonus dungeons of each release. Additionally, Genji Armor can drop from Warmech in the aforementioned remakes.
Originally translated as Samurai equipment, it was corrected to Genji in all subsequent remakes. The complete Genji set can be found in the Lair of the Father, and Kain comes with a set equipped when he joins the party after the defeat of the Giant of Babil.
The only way to get Genji equipment is to steal it from Gilgamesh. Therefore, in any of the four battles against Gilgamesh where he actually has the gear, offers a small window for acquisition. The set includes Genji Armor, Genji Helm, Genji Shield and Genji Gloves.
According to the fifth "Chocobo's FF Laboratory" feature published in the November 1993 edition of V-Jump, the Genji equipment were ancient and precious sets of equipment from Gilgamesh's village, and were usually passed on to the village's best warriors when they proved their worth in battle. It is said that the centuries of "blood, sweat and dust" accumulated on the Genji equipment have made them extremely resistant.
Genji equipment appears in the Advance and 2014 mobile/Steam versions. The complete Genji equipment can be stolen or dropped from Gilgamesh in versions where Gilgamesh can be fought. The helmet, armor, and shield are equippable armor and among the best in the game.
Genji equipment is one of the best equipment sets.
- The Genji Helm can be purchased from the Net Shop Shade for 1 million gil, but it can only be purchased the first time the shop is visited. When equipped, it grants auto-Libra and 0 AP/MP Cost.
- The Genji Armor is acquired once all slots on the DMW are filled to 100% and the player accesses the DMW menu. When equipped, it sets the HP limit to 99,999 and grants auto-Endure and Regen.
- The Genji Glove is found in a treasure chest in mission 9-6-4. When equipped, it sets the damage limit to 99,999 and grants auto-Critical.
- The Genji Shield is possibly the most difficult piece of equipment to get. The player has to encounter the random enemy Magic Pot in mission 7-6-6 and appease it. It will ask Zack to use Gil Toss, Costly Punch to deal 99,999 damage, and finally to use Sephiroth's DMW move, Octaslash. Using any other damage-causing DMW will make the Magic Pot run. When the player has the Genji Shield equipped, it will enable Auto Barrier and Auto MBarrier, and make Zack immune to all status effects and will absorb all elemental attacks.
Genji equipment appears as a three-piece set consisting of a helmet, gloves, and armor. One full set is available from the Chocobo Hot and Cold sidequest; the armor can be found as Chocograph treasure while the helmet and gloves can be found as hidden treasures. A second set can be stolen from Maliris, Kraken, and Lich in Memoria, although solely as bosses, and not the crystallized regular enemies encountered in the Crystal World. Steiner and Freya can equip the Genji equipment. Obtaining the whole set earns the Path of the Samurai achievement/trophy in the latest versions.
Location: Disc 1, 2, 3, 4: Alexandria Skipping Rope Girls (when Vivi or Eiko is skipping get 100 points to get the Genji card)
Disc 3:Treno Card Stadium (rarely used by Card Freak Cil)
Disc 4: Memoria
Genji armor can be customized for Tidus, Auron, and Kimahri when "Break HP Limit" is the dominant ability. These are the Genji Shield, Genji Bracer, and Genji Armlet. Auron also has a weapon called the Genji Blade, which has Triple Overdrive.
Genji equipment is referenced as a National Treasure, and is related to the Feast of Swords annual event (usually late April).
Genji equipment is stolen from Gilgamesh and consists of the Genji Helm, Genji Shield, Genji Armor, and the Genji Gloves. The pieces become available to steal one by one after cinematic cutscenes while fighting Gilgamesh. In the Zodiac versions, the Genji Armor can also be stolen from Enkidu in Trial Mode Stage 94, with the Genji Gloves also available from the Hunt Club sidequest and from Judge Bergan in Trial Mode Stage 100.
In the original version, Genji Helmet doesn't have any special properties, and Genji Armor boosts counter rate (when Battle Harness is equipped as accessory). In the Zodiac versions, Genji Helm allows the wearer to counter, and the Armor boosts the counter rate, making them perfect to equip to the same character.
In the Zodiac versions, Genji equipment can be equipped by Foebreakers, Knights, and Bushi. The player can get two Genji Gloves, as the player can steal one from Gilgamesh and get one from the Hunt Club. The equipment is also available as steals from the Trial Mode bosses. The player can aim to create two good Genji Glove users, as dealing hit combos is often the fastest way to deal damage. The weapons with the highest combo rate are poles, ninja swords, and katanas. Bushi gets both Genji gear and katanas. Knight and Foebreaker get Genji gear and could be combined with Monk or Shikari for a combo multiplier similar to Bushi alone. The Speed stat is used in combo calculations, but it only varies by three points at level 99, so any character can be used.
The Genji Glove is an accessory that grants the Uncapped Damage ability, allowing the user to exceed the 99,999 damage limit. Only three can be acquired. Dismantling at star level can get the player a Trapezohedron, which is used to make every ultimate weapon. It can be obtained from Cie'th Stone missions 51, 62 and 63.
Serah wields the Genji Bow as part of her downloadable content weapons. It allows Serah to attack more frequently. It can be upgraded to Genji Bow Kiku, Genji Bow Sakura, and True Genji Bow. The Genji Glove returns as an 70 capacity accessory, providing 12% resistance to both physical and magical attacks.
As of the 1.02 update, the Genji Shield is purchasable from Chocolina in the Coliseum; it has 70 capacity and grants 16% elemental resistance. As of the 1.04 update, Genji Helm (70 capacity, Str/Mag+12%) and Delicate versions of the gloves (30 capacity, 6% resist), shield (30 capacity, 4% element resist), and helm (30 capacity, 5% Str/Mag) are now for sale. The delicate versions also make it possible to use their "Warrior's Wisdom" and "Warrior's Spirit" synth, which improves the bonuses from Genji items while the user is critical.
Genji equipment drops as rewards from the Omega raid.
The other piece of Genji equipment is found in the Pitioss ruins. Upon reaching the section with a huge statue of a shackled woman, players must navigate through the obstacles and finally land on the statue, then move down to its belly button to find the Genji Gloves accessory. The effects of the accessory include a 30% damage reduction for lightning, darkness and ballistic damage.
In the US version, the Genji equipment can be stolen from Marquis Elmdore. In the original Japanese version, Elmdore's job has innate Maintenance ability, and thus the equipment could not be obtained. The War of the Lions remake is based on the original, and thus the player cannot steal from Elmdore; the Genji equipment can instead be obtained via Melee and/or Rendezvous. The Genji Armor can also be obtained in the new sidequest at Lionel Castle in Chapter 4, after defeating Aliste Rosenheim.
The Genji Gloves can be obtained and grants +10 Defense, +3 Magick, and +5 Resistance. The Genji Helm grants +2 Attack, +19 Defense, and +9 Resistance. The Genji Armor grants +2 Attack, +58 Defense, +12 Resistance, and teaches Reflex for Paladins and Raptors. The Genji Shield grants +10 Evasion, +2 Attack, +5 Defense, and +7 Resist.
The Samurai Helmet and Samurai Armor are the strongest ranked armor in their respected categories, and they are found in the later areas.
The shield is called Samurai and it has a shield icon before its name. It can be bought in Edo for 26000 GP. It has 50 uses, blocks melee and Ston with 99% chance of success, adds 99 HP to Robots, and increases their Def by 22. It also provides resistance to Change.
The Samurai Shield, Samurai Helmet, Samurai Armor, and Samurai Glove are all late-game and high rank equipment.
Jack's ultimate weapon is the Genji Blade. Genji Armor can be obtained in the second playthrough during "Missions (Type-0)/Machina's Struggle" mission by defeating Gilgamesh 10 times. Genji Helm can be obtained in second playthrough during "Machina's Struggle" mission by defeating Gilgamesh 10 times in the hardest difficulty.
The Warrior Sallet, Shogun Sallet, Warrior Harness, and Shogun Harness represent Genji equipment.
The Genji Shield is a level 85 shield that provides 60 Defense and costs 4,224 gil to buy.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
The Genji Helm, Genji Shield, and Genji Armor appear as well as the Genji Blade. They can be traded for in the shop after finishing Inward Chaos, or acquired by defeating the Gilgamesh Friend Card. When any three pieces of the Genji set are equipped at once, they activate the "Soul of Yamato" combination, increasing Luck by three, Regen rate by 20%, the rate at which EX Cores appear, and giving the "HP to Brave" ability.
Gilgamesh wields the Genji Blade as one of his eight weapons and is used randomly when attacking and in his EX Mode. It's appearance is based on Auron's Genji Blade. When he attacks with it, it depletes a small amount of the opponent's EX Gauge with every hit.
The Genji set still consists of the Genji Blade, Shield, Helmet and Armor. It can be created with Heike set elements (similar to Dissidia), Samurai's Spirit and Gilgamesh's Battlegen accessories. It can also quite easily be obtained through defeating Lv.100 CPU opponents such as Sephiroth and Exdeath.
Genji Shield from Final Fantasy IV is a Rarity 5 shield.
Non-Final Fantasy appearances
Kingdom Hearts series
The Genji Katana and Genji Armor are the only pieces of Genji equipment that appears in the game.
Genji Helm, Armor and Gloves appear in both Bravely Default and Bravely Second as allusion to the Final Fantasy series.
The surname of Genji refers to the onyomi reading of the Minamoto Clan. Minamoto was a surname commonly bestowed on the children of the Emperor who were not eligible for the throne. According to history and legend, they were most active in the days of the late Heian era, and were samurai who became known as the fighters of evil and keepers of peace. The time was said to have been fraught with disorder and anarchy. Many future samurai claim lineage from the clan, including Miyamoto Musashi and Tokugawa Ieyasu who were subject of literary discourse from The Tale of Genji, which follows royal figures, to The Tale of the Heike, focusing on the major figures and the events of the Genpei War.
Genji is also a short period in Japanese history, lasting only a single year from 1864–1865.
The character Gilgamesh derives influence from Benkei, and is associated with the Genji equipment in the series. Gilgamesh's "genji gear" refers to him being wandering royalty, as in Japanese genji is a term used for a wandering noble or prince.
The equipment set has also been known as Samurai equipment in older translations. Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. They were not just great swordsmen, but also powerful horse archers and martial artists of other fields. Though their status was that above commoners, samurai were bound to forms of etiquette and a way of life known as Bushido, stressing honor to one's devoted and preparing oneself in the face of death.
- V-Jump, "Chocobo's FF Laboratory" (チョコボのＦＦ研究室), November 1993, p.188-192.